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Accommodation hits capacity for Ukrainian refugees in Ireland

Ukrainian refugees may soon have to be housed in tents and prefabs as accommodation hits capacity.

Tents at the Defence Forces' Gormanstown camp are being prepared, a long with a dormitory in Co Cork.

A trawl has been carried out by the Government to identify larger empty properties such as churches, private entities and commercial premises for conversion in to semi-permanent or permanent accommodation for Ukrainian nationals who arrive in Ireland.

More than 14,000 refugees have come to Ireland from Ukraine, with three quarters needing housing.

Data from disability service accessed after cyberattack

A disability services provider has confirmed that data has been accessed externally from its IT systems.

It comes after the Rehab Group suffered a cyberattack on their computer systems two weeks ago.

There is currently no evidence that the data has been used inappropriately.

Workers to get 10 paid sick days from 2026

The Cabinet has approved a new law which will give all workers the right to paid sick leave for the first time.

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The Sick Leave Bill 2022 was signed off at a meeting of Government Ministers on Tuesday, with workers due to be entitled to 10 paid sick days per year from 2026 under the new measures.

The scheme is expected to be phased in over a four-year period.

Body cyclist found in 'unexplained circumstances' in Co Kerry

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following the discovery of the body of a cyclist in unexplained circumstances in Co Kerry on Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 10.30am a male cyclist (50s) was found unresponsive on the roadside at Ardywanig, Milltown near Castlemaine.

Gardaí and emergency services were alerted and attended at the scene. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

His body has since been moved to the mortuary at University Hospital Kerry. The local Coroner has been notified.

Ireland seeing ‘several hundred thousand’ Covid cases each week

Ireland logged 14,549 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, after the Minister for Health said under-reporting meant the true number of cases each week was likely “several hundred thousand”.

5,962 cases were confirmed by PCR test, while 8,587 people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal. There were 1,605 patients in hospital with the disease as of this morning, with 50 people in intensive care.

The number in hospital could top 2,200 within the next 10 days, according to a report in The Irish Times, amid increasing pressure on the Government to re-examine restrictions.

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